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Takao Hensch, professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard ... is studying a drug which might allow adults to learn perfect pitch by re-creating this critical period in brain development. Hensch says the drug, valprioc acid, allows the brain to absorb new information as easily as it did before age 7.
"It's a mood-stabilizing drug, but we found that it also restores the plasticity of the brain to a juvenile state," Hensch tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer.
Hensch gave the drug to a group of healthy, young men who had no musical training as children. They were asked to perform tasks online to train their ears, and at the end of a two-week period, tested on their ability to discriminate tone, to see if the training had more effect than it normally would at their age.
In other words, he gave people a pill and then taught them to have perfect pitch. The findings are significant: "It's quite remarkable since there are no known reports of adults acquiring absolute pitch," he says.
Yeah, move over progidies, savants! Son or daughter keeps failing 4th grade? Put em on the pill and they skip grades all the way to college before you know it.
Or, take a few pills to master multiple instruments, professions, pass GRE, GMAT, MCAT, etc top of the class
After starting Depakote, I also learned how to easily recognize musical notes by ear.
Post hoc ergo propter hoc (Latin: "after this, therefore because of this") is a logical fallacy (of the questionable cause variety) that states "Since event Y followed event X, event Y must have been caused by event X." It is often shortened to simply post hoc. It is subtly different from the fallacy cum hoc ergo propter hoc (correlation does not imply causation), in which two things or events occur simultaneously or the chronological ordering is insignificant or unknown. Post hoc is a particularly tempting error because temporal sequence appears to be integral to causality. The fallacy lies in coming to a conclusion based solely on the order of events, rather than taking into account other factors that might rule out the connection.
Just because you can read doesn't mean you can write a book. Point being, they can give you all the information and skills you want - but they can't give you the instinct to wield it like someone who has been practicing for decades.
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Ask a psychiatrist the mechanism of action of any anti-depressant and how it affects mood, they can't tell you - they don't know. It's a crap-shoot of norepinephrine, dopamine, serotonin, etc. Sometimes things 'help' - sometimes they don't. And when you have no idea the long-term effects - it's just not a good route, especially with things like this in thread (taking a medication to improve cognitive function).
After getting on my Pepsi habit, I learned about quantum physics.
Pepsi must be good for Learning too ?
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It had to do with studies on depressed individuals (with the assumption that depression is 'hard-wired').